City fan’s dream job
Ryan lands role at Etihad:
ALIFELONG Manchester City fan and ja c k- of- a ll - t ra des has landed the job of his dreams - as a caretaker at the Etihad Stadium.
Ryan Doxey, 21, from Stockport, has severe learning difficulties and cannot talk.
He can hear and understand most of what is said but uses a combination of sign language, visual symbols and an iPad to communicate with others.
He also has numeracy skills and can use a computer to copy type, read and follow instructions.
He is currently studying at college and he has been given a huge helping hand after landing a dream placement at his beloved City.
Ryan is hoping the experience with the Premier League champions will help him land a permanent job.
He has previously worked at the Tatton Park estate in Knutsford, helping with ground maintenance.
Ryan is also a volunteer at Stepping Hill Hospital, where he serves drinks on the wards one morning a week, and recently started another placement with Sodexo in the café at Astra Zeneca in Alderley Edge.
He can now add caretaking and cleaning at the Blues’ home in Beswick to his growing CV after bosses handed him the four-month contract.
Mike Green, head of City in the Community, said: “Manchester City believes work experience is a vital part of every young person’s life and City in the Community are looking forward to welcoming Ryan into the team.”
Ryan is a student at the Seashell Trust-run Royal College Manchester, a char- ity that educates and cares for young people with complex disabilities.
Marian Fahy, work experience co-ordinator at Sea- shell Trust in Cheadle Hulme, said: “Ryan is a keen City fan, always has been.
“We are hoping to support Ryan, a final year student, into paid employ- ment.
“Ryan is hoping to move to his own house, gain paid and voluntary work with leisure activities.”
Bernie White, director of education at the college, said: “When students leave, we want to them have as independent a life as possible.
“Ryan has demonstrated that he has a lot to offer in
Ryan Doxey at work at Manchester City through the City in the Community scheme